Trump says he wishes British ambassador well

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2019

Trump earlier had publicly blasted the former British diplomat after reports unveiled details of Darroch's telegrams assessing the USA government and Trump's administration.

"Given the widely reported consequences of that leak I am satisfied that there has been damage caused to United Kingdom worldwide relations, and there would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice", Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement.

"I would say to the person or people who did this, the impact of what you have done is obvious".

Britain's most senior counter-terrorism police officer had warned the media not to print any more leaked documents, saying it could breach the Official Secrets Act.

In a cable sent afterwards, Darroch indicated there were divisions in Trump's team over the decision, and criticised the White House for a lack of long-term strategy.

"However, you for the time being are additionally liable for diverting busy detectives from endeavor their core mission". You can stop this now. "Turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences", the police official further said in an official statement.

Last weekend´s disclosure of Darroch´s private messages back to London - which included describing the Trump administration as "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional" - triggered waves of angry tweets from the USA president.

"If (journalists) are receiving stolen material they should give it back to their rightful owner and they should also be aware of the huge damage that's already been done and the potentially even greater damage that could be done", former defence minister Michael Fallon told BBC radio.

Johnson said Darroch had not watched the debate but had heard an inaccurate account of what was said.

In an interview on Friday, Johnson denied he was responsible for Darroch's resignation, but admitted his comments had been a factor.

Both men battling to replace Theresa May as prime minister when she steps down on July 24 because she failed to deliver Britain's exit from the European Union also said Basu was wrong.

"We convinced the U.S. president [to exit the deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement", Netanyahu said in a video aired in July 2018 by Israel's Kan public broadcaster.

Boris Johnson, frontrunner in that race, has been heavily criticized by lawmakers in his own party and the opposition for failing to defend the ambassador.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he defended "to the hilt" the right of the press to publish leaks if they "judge them to be in the public interest". "Some people just told me - too bad - they said he actually said some very good things about me", he said.

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make their way to the Oval Office for a meeting at the White House on March 5, 2018.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "It can not be conceivably right that newspapers or any other media organisation publishing such material should face prosecution".

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